The online brochure works … a little
College students who participated in the study originally planned to have their first child at 29 years old and their last at 34 years old. After viewing an online brochure about age-related fertility decline and in-vitro fertilization success rates, researchers found that college students shifted their schedule to one year earlier.
A little knowledge goes a long way
“This study suggests that many people may be delaying having children without fully understanding fertility decline, and with unrealistically optimistic views of the ‘safety net’ provided by reproductive technology,” explained Thompson, who went to Dartmouth after conducting the study with Aleena Wojcieszek at the University of Queensland in Australia. “Increasing awareness of fertility issues, even though simple tools is essential for ensuring young women and men can make informed reproductive decisions and could ultimately have a big impact on society.”